Kanye West wants Idris Elba as 007

2014-12-30 16:00

Los Angeles - Kanye West has backed Idris Elba to be the next James Bond.

The 37-year-old rapper believes the Luther actor is a "visionary", and should definitely be offered the role as the iconic secret agent when current actor Daniel Craig steps down from the character.

He said: "I know Idris a little bit and he is a big talent.

"The movies he has been making are special, and when the role for James Bond comes up it needs to be his.

"James Bond is a role made for British actors and you won't find a British actor who has the talent of Idris.

"To be honest you won't find many anywhere who have his talent."

The Bound 2 rapper - who has 18-month-old daughter North West with his wife Kim Kardashian West - went on to say he feels the time is right to have a black actor portraying the character.

He explained to The Sun newspaper: "Artists should be visionaries. A black James Bond would be visionary no doubt.

"Something that 30 years ago would have seemed crazy should now be something that is a real possibility."

Rumours that the 42-year-old Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom actor was being lined up for the role emerged when Sony co-chairperson Amy Pascal was revealed to have said "Idris should be the next Bond" to the former executive vice-president of Bond distributor Columbia, in an email which has since been leaked.

Responding to the online stir the message has caused, Idris posted a goofy selfie on Twitter this past Saturday joking he is not attractive enough to play the British spy.

However, those hoping to see the actor take on the character soon may be disappointed, as Daniel Craig has not yet shown any wish to relinquish the role following his appearance in Casino Royale, Quantum of Solace and Skyfall and is currently filming the franchise's 24th film, SPECTRE.

Read more on:    idris elba  |  kanye west  |  celebrities  |  music  |  movies

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.